Insurgents using Chinese armor-piercing bullets

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Human Events has an interesting article about the use of Chinese armor-piercing bullets in Iraq and Afghanistan by insurgents.

China’s robust arms industry has been able to duplicate U.S.-made, armor-piercing rounds, and the bullets are being found with the enemy in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Two government sources tell HUMAN EVENTS the sniper ammunition is sending alarm bells through the Pentagon as it hurries to keep pace by producing improved body armor for soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors.

The sources said the Chinese munitions are not thought capable of defeating the super-hard ceramic plates that now protect service members against smalls-arms fire, including armor-piercing bullets.

I know very little about AP ammunition. Does anyone know if M948 (7.62mm Saboted Light Armor Penetrator) or M993 (7.62mm AP) can penetrate Type IV ballistic vests and a ceramic plate insert?

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Defense Review discusses the implications of this and its potential impact on the mythical XSAPI armor plates that are in development.

Hat Tip: Defense Review

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Tapers Tapers on Sep 25, 2011

    Im trying to make some bullet shaped tapers. Armored piercing bullets though is something I haven't heard of yet.

  • X1/75ranger X1/75ranger on Apr 12, 2012

    Anyone that loads there own ammunition can make armor piercing rounds without damaging your firearm.